The “Real Britain” Postcards

In the early nineteen-seventies, a small group of photographers set out to document what they understood to be real British life.

In the early nineteen-seventies, a small group of photographers—including Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, and Stephen Weiss—set out to document what they understood to be real British life

Bringing Color to Newcastle

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s black-and-white photos of Newcastle’s industrial past helped newcomers to the English town adjust to life. She returned, after decades, to photograph them — in color.

"When Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen moved to Byker, an English neighborhood in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, she was drawn to the laughter, the children playing in the streets, the energy. For her, this blue-collar community brimmed with life. Then it was demolished."

Byker in Black and White

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, a Finnish photographer, began taking pictures of her new neighborhood in Newcastle, in northeast England, in 1969, having no idea the area was slated for demolition.

vistas were rare in 1969, when Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, a 21-year-old Finnish photographer, arrived. The landscape was cloaked in an industrial fog belched from the coal and shipbuilding industries.